How to Fold a Comforter

Hint: It's all about the ribbons and lassos.

No matter what your décor style, the bedroom is where we're most inclined to keep things clean and simple. And that's relatively easy to accomplish until it comes time to fold a comforter or fitted sheet. Yes, the question of "how to fold a comforter" might seem low-level basic, but it's actually not. "Folding a comforter or bedspread can be frustrating," admits Karin Sun, founder of Crane & Canopy. "While storing it as a messy ball is easier, it will wrinkle and take up more space."

Here, the pro shares her top tips for perfecting your fold.

neutral bedroom with palm tree and abstract oceanic photograph above bed
Sean Litchfield

Fold as Soon as It's Dry

It's tempting to keep the comforter in the dryer long after the cycle's stopped spinning or to leave a load of laundry in the hamper while you finish making dinner or catching up on your favorite TV show. Please don't. "When it's hot, you can manipulate (the comforter) more easily and it won't form wrinkles," says Abe Navas, general manager of Emily's Maids. "Fold it in half and, with the help of your hands, try to remove all the air in it."

Weight Matters

Is your comforter thin (like a quilt) or thick (like a down blanket)? No need to pull out a tape measure or ruler. Just eyeball the comforter and make your best guess about thickness. Knowing this will determine how you fold it. "For thicker comforters and bedspreads, lay flat and fold each (side) one-third of the way," says Sun. "For thinner blankets and quilts, lay them flat, and fold each corner toward the center, making sure the fold is on the bias.

Storage Solutions

Once the comforter is folded there's still work to be done. After all, you'll need to get it small enough to fit on a side chair or in the linen closet. Whether you're storing it away for the season or so your cat's hair doesn't make a mess of it, you'll want to "fold it again in half and repeat the process," says Navas. "At the end of the third fold, with the help of a rope (at least three feet long), make a lasso. This will help for maintaining the form. Then you can store it more easily." Or, for thicker comforters, Sun suggests "wrapping a sturdy ribbon around the comforter to fasten it, or place it in a linen, breathable bag." (Some comforters from brands like Restoration Hardware even come with a bag.)

Stylish Touches

Ribbon selection or rope hue is where style comes in: are you more of a gingham-check person (preppy) or a lover of velvet material (posh)? Infuse your decorating mantras into this very simple, but final, step. Local craft stores sell ribbons and ropes by the yard which means changing out by the season is another possibility. Think tartan for the winter or flamingos during summer. Maybe neon-colored tassels on the rope for added flair?

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